Monday, November 12, 2012

USDA OGC Associate Counsel David Grahn Returns to Teach

David Grahn is back with us, offering a fast-paced look at federal budget issues in Washington including Scoring, Paygo, OMB, and OIRA.  His course, fondly called, How OZ Really Works, explores how budget scoring and related calculations drive substantive policy decisions behind the scenes.

David serves as Associate General Counsel for International Affairs, Food Assistance, and Farm and Rural Programs in the Office of General Counsel of the USDA. He has served at USDA OGC since 2002 and was promoted to a new expanded position in 2011. Also in 2011, he was awarded the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award for his service to the U.S. government, and he received the Excellence in Agriculture Award from the American Agricultural Law Association.

From 1996 through 2002, David was the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation, responsible for drafting and reviewing legislation affecting the USDA. He was previously detailed to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, where he worked on the 1996 Farm Bill. From 1992 through 1995, David served as a Confidential Assistant to the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Carleton College in Minnesota.

When USDA Secretary Vilsack spoke at the American Agricultural Law Association annual symposium last month in Nashville, he praised David's service to the USDA and the wise counsel he provides. We are very grateful to David for his willingness to teach - he volunteers his time to the Program - and his course provides our candidates with a unique window into Congressional budgeting and policy making.

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